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October 1971 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 8 John Lennon releases his megahit single "Imagine"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 10 5th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Pride wins
  • Oct 10 Fenholt & Webber's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 12 Rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice opens at Mark Hellinger on Broadway, NYC for 711 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Oct 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on "Dick Cavett Show"

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 20 "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" musical by Melvin Van Peebles opens at Barrymore for 325 performances
  • Oct 21 "To Live Another Summer" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 173 performances
  • Oct 28 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in NYC
  • Oct 31 "On the Town" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 65 performances

Birthdays in Music

Person of interestTiffany Darwish

Oct 2 Tiffany [Renee Darwish], American pop and rock singer ("I Think We're Alone Now"), born in Norwalk, California

Pop and Rock Singer Tiffany Darwish
Pop and Rock Singer
Tiffany Darwish
  • Oct 2 James Root, American heavy metal songwriter and guitarist (Slipknot), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Oct 3 Kevin Richardson, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys - "Quit Playing Games With My Heart"), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Oct 4 Friderika Bayer, Hungarian singer
  • Oct 7 Daniel Boucher, Québécois musician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 10 Evgeny Kissin, Russian concert pianist, born in Moscow
  • Oct 11 Petra Haden, American musician (The Rentals), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Oct 12 Ahn Jae Wook, South Korean actor, composer and singer, born in Donam-dong, Seongbuk District, Seoul, South Korea (d. 1971)
  • Oct 16 Chad Gray, American heavy metal singer (Hellyeah; Mudvayne), born in Latham, Illinois
  • Oct 17 Chris Kirkpatrick, American pop countertenor ('N Sync - "I Thought She Knew"), born in Clarion, Pennsylvania on
  • Oct 20 Dannii Minogue, Australian singer, sister of Kylie Minogue, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Person of interestSnoop Dogg

Oct 20 Snoop Dogg [Calvin Broadus], rapper (What's My Name, Gin & Juice), born in Long Beach, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper
Snoop Dogg
  • Oct 21 Astrella Leitch, Celeste rocker, Donovan's daughter
  • Oct 21 Nick Oliveri, American rock bassist and singer (Queens Of The Stone Age, 1998-2004), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 25 Midori [Gotō], Japanese-born American violinist, born in Osaka
  • Oct 26 Anthony Rapp, American singer and actor, born in Joliet, Illinois

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 2 Bola de Nieve [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban singer, pianist and songwriter, dies at 60
  • Oct 3 Seán Ó Riada, Irish composer, dies at 40
  • Oct 8 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 12 Gene Vincent [Vincent Eugene Craddock], American rock guitarist and vocalist ("Be-Bop-A-Lula"), dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • Oct 24 Carl Ruggles, American composer (Evocations), dies at 95
  • Oct 24 Fernand Quinet, Belgian composer/conductor (Guerre), dies at 73
  • Oct 28 Yves de La Casiniere, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 29 Duane Allman, rock guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in a motorcycle accident at 24
  • Oct 30 Osvald Chlubna, composer, dies at 78